What We Do

We work to prevent blindness by training eye care professionals and ensuring they have adequate infrastructure and resources to provide sustainable, quality eye care.

Training, Research and Advocacy

We use a three-pronged approach: by establishing relationships with policy makers, by raising awareness through research-based advocacy, and by providing training and infrastructure to strengthen local eye care institutions, we work to eliminate preventable blindness and vision impairment across Africa.

Why focus on training?

Orbis is unique because they work alongside local counterparts, building confidence and competency. It is all about Orbis’s partners, not about us. By enhancing the skills of local eye care teams, they are the ones empowered to take care of their own patient populations. This focus on self-sufficiency is a future where access to quality eye care becomes the norm and not the exception.

- Roberto Pineda, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Orbis Volunteer Faculty

Expert surgeons and village doctors, community nurses and traditional healers, health ministers and community activists, global foundations and individual donors. Orbis Africa brings them all together with one goal: to work towards a future where not one African loses their sight to a disease that is preventable or treatable.

We take a team approach when increasing the skills and knowledge of our partners. A team approach ultimately affects the entire eye health system and transfers skills from one doctor or nurse to an entire team of eye care professionals.